Sunday 11 December 2016

Special needs in our society

Published 19/02/2011 | 10:02

The measure of a society, as opposed to an economy, is how it looks after its most vulnerable. There is no doubt the ability of catering for the former is greatly influenced by the strength or weakness of the latter.

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We know our economy is on its knees. And we know all too well how much money is being soaked up in part repayment of reckless undertakings encouraged by the leniency and short-sightedness of the outgoing Government. It is becoming a cliché to describe the past few years as a travesty of massive proportions, where the lack of true political activity and leadership were absent in appalling measures.

Even allowing for the detachment that was the hallmark of this administration, the fact that anyone, anywhere, could even conjure the possibility of affecting the educational progress of our special-needs children beggars belief. Yet, as this paper reveals today, that is exactly what is being contemplated.

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